Duran, Diana Jean
73 was called home on Thursday, August 4th 2022. Born to Leonard A Duran and Dolores Garcia on September 26, 1948 in Albuquerque. Preceded in death by beloved granddaughter, Amanda Duran (1989-2004), in which she never got over the loss; beloved daddy, Leonard A. Duran, Sr. (1926-1998); Dad, Bill Olson (1926-2019); her dear love, Richard Paul Garcia (1944-2002). Survived by son, Adrian J. Duran and wife, Nanette Baca. Adrian’s daughters, Ashley N. Duran (Gilbert Alderate), Adryan D. Duran (Edward ‘Bubba’ Torrez); great grandchildren, Gilbert Alderate III, Alaura A. Alderate, Esperanza A. Torrez and Alannah Torrez; mother, Dolores Garcia Olson; brothers, Leonard Duran Jr., Donald Duran and wife, Rita, Daniel Duran wife, Gloria; nieces and nephews, Jennifer Lopez husband, Juan and family, Mark Duran wife, Samantha and family, Sara and husband, Will and family, (Eileen Lopez), Crystal Shafer and husband, Ty and family, Antoinette Quinones and husband, Camilio and family, (Beverly Gabaldon), William ‘Billy’ Vigil and wife, Vickie, and family, (Lucille), Olson sisters and brothers, Esther Johnson, Mary (Cisto), Billy (Jan), Bobby (Linda), and all their families. Other relatives, some of whom “I thought the world of, the few, who were not judgmental of me.” Trusted and loyal dear loved friends, Emma Apodaca, a true loving friend, Valorie Webb Jaramillo, true dear sister and loyal friend, Celina Gutierrez Oldfield, a trusted friend since elementary school. ‘I, thank each one of you, for such a wonderful trusting lifelong friendship, you were truly my rocks.’ Diana retired in 2002 after working at University Physicians for 27 ½ years. After she retired, she worked at Sandia Casino for 14 months; at Safe ride for 15 months. She also sold Avon for 36 years, until 2010. She attended TVI for two semesters, but admitted school was not for her. She served as treasurer for Kirtland Community Center for one year. She did some quilting and managed to finish several quilts. Lots of research on family genealogy. She did some volunteer work at the Special Collections Genealogy Library. She loved to read historical and various other novels, working on puzzles and word search books; also playing UNO and board games with her granddaughters, when they were younger. Diana enjoyed summer months, when she was able to plant her little garden in the back yard, it kept her busy. Growing up she attended St. Therese Church, always her beautiful and favorite church, she then attended St. Charles Church where she felt she belonged and where Amanda’s funeral mass was help. She always said “God knows I’m not perfect, but HE still loves me, forgives me my sins and does not judge me.” Diana had many interests, so she was always doing one thing or another, not quite finishing one project before moving on to the next, but eventually going on to finish a started project. She had a full life; she had a pleasant life. She had many ‘bumps’ along her traveled highway, which was not an easy one but was still able to get over the humps, even though not an easy task at times. She had a good and caring heart, always trying to help people out. Some who appreciated the help, some who took advantage. Yet, Diana was always willing to offer that helping hand. To my son Adrian, you blessed me in so many ways, you were a true gift from God. I Love You! My son, my granddaughters and great-grand babies, you were the breath of my life. You were the life in my heart, my greatest loves. To those of you, who were good to me during my life here on earth, “Thank You”, To my supporters, trusted loyal friends, Valorie Jaramillo; Emma Apodaca; Carolina Montoya. You were all the true meaning of GOD’S love. Always remember, “For HIS anger endureth but a moment; in HIS favor is life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” Ps 30:5. To my son Adrian,
“Don’t grieve for me now, for now I’m free. I’m following the path God has laid you see. I took His hand when I heard Him call, knew it was time, for me to leave you all.
I could not stay another day, to laugh, to cry, and try to stay busy most days.
Tasks left undone must stay that way, there will finally be peace, at the close of this day.
Be not burdened with tears of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of all your tomorrows.
My life has been full, I could not ask for more, I love you so much, who could ask for more.
Sometimes life seems a little brief, but don’t lengthen mine now with endue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to you be… God wanted me now, He has set me free!!
I’m finally with my Amanda, My Gama too, I will be happy, I’ll be with them soon.
A Visitation will be held from 5:30-6:00 pm with a Rosary to be recited on August 24, 2022 at 6:00pm at Strong Thorne Chapel, 1100 Coal Ave SE. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on August 25, 2022 at 11:00am at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1818 Coal Place SE. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery at 12:30pm, “where I will be laid to rest with my precious Amanda.”
Following funeral services: Celebration of life at 1:00 pm at Moose Lodge, 2121 Edith Blvd NE.
Pallbearers will be, Adrian Duran, Donald Duran, Edward (Bubba) Torrez, Gilbert Alderate, Gilbert Alderate III, Carlos Gamboa and Isaiah (Turtle) Baca.
Honorary Pallbearers will be, Valorie Webb Jaramillo, Emma Apodaca and Patricia Gamboa
To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.garciamortuary.com
717 Stover Ave. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102